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Clean Air Act Success Requires More Sulfur Liquid Fertilizer Tanks

Several agricultural studies over the past 20 years have confirmed what farmers are discovering in the field; less sulfur exists in today’s farming fields. The Clean Air Act is the interesting cause of this sulfur decrease. In turn, the demand for sulfur liquid fertilizers and API 650 liquid fertilizer tanks to store the products is… Read more »


How to Handle Winter Salt and Stratification in Your Liquid Fertilizer Tank

The winter cold is starting to break, and you are preparing to use various starters and liquid fertilizers for the upcoming agricultural season.  Liquid fertilizer that has sat in aboveground storage tanks through a cold winter is not exactly the same as when it was placed in the tank.  Cold temperatures can have two possible… Read more »


How To Choose The Best Foundation For Your Aboveground Liquid Storage Tank

“It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; it’s the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.” – David Allen Coe Foundation – it is the support and base of an entity, whether it is an area of knowledge (mathematics, art, music), education generally, ideology, relationships, organization… Read more »


API 650 Tank Joint Welding & Inspection for Field Erected ASTs

Butt welded steel tanks have been a main stay in the field of constructing above ground storage tanks for decades.  Around 1936, welded steel tanks overtook riveted tanks as the preferred method in new above ground storage tank construction.  In step with this change, API standards were published to guide construction of such tanks for… Read more »


Determining When You Need a Liquid Fertilizer Storage Tank Inspection

Have you ever wrestled with remembering when a liquid fertilizer tank needs to be inspected next or had a debate in the office as to how often the liquid storage tanks need to be inspected?  With no federal regulations on liquid fertilizer tank inspections, inspection timing can be confusing.  The Fertilizer Institute, individual state statutes… Read more »


Importance of Regular API 653 Standard Inspections

Just like a car, house, or any other structure, regular inspection and maintenance is critical to obtain the longest lifespan of your fertilizer storage tank. Other reasons to regularly inspect your tank are: Establish Baseline of Tank Condition and Corrosion Rates Identify Problems and Needed Repairs before Significant Leak or Release Occurs Prevent Leaks into… Read more »


Field Erected Fertilizer Storage Tanks and Using the API 650 Standard

Most states have adopted containment regulations for liquid fertilizer operations using aboveground fertilizer tanks. Some state regulations specify a standard for new tank construction and others do not. API 650, the standard used by Heartland Tank LLC, is the internationally recognized standard for building field erected aboveground storage tanks (ASTs). The API 650 Standard was… Read more »